You’ve probably heard about the importance of diversifying your portfolio.
The question is how do you do it and what if you have limited capital to invest and can’t afford to purchase a lot of different stocks at once? In this video, we’ll introduce you to two new asset classes: exchange-traded funds or ETFs and real estate investment trusts or REITs. These will enable you to diversify your portfolio and generate passive income without having to invest too much. First, let’s look at ETFs also known as tracker funds.
ETFs track the performance of a stock index like the STI Dow Jones Hang Seng or commodity and bond indices. These are useful for new investors because by simply investing in ETFs you’re effectively investing in the price movements of all the companies listed on the underlying index. This makes it much easier to diversify your portfolio, then if you picked individual stocks and commodities especially if you’re starting out with limited capital.
Besides stocks and ETFs, however, there is another popular asset class, one that’s been around for thousands of years. Yup, real estate. So, how can a new investor with limited funds, invest in this market? Through a real estate investment trust or REIT.
A REIT is a company that invests in real estate properties and by investing in a REIT, you can share the benefits and risks of owning a real estate portfolio. In short, a REIT allows you to buy and sell properties as if they were stocks by buying a stake in a REIT.
You are effectively vested in all the properties owned by the REIT, so as the REIT makes its profits from asset appreciation and rental income, you will receive regular payouts which can provide you with passive income.
We’ve come to the end of part 1 of our video series. We hope you’ve learned the importance of making your money work for you and the different asset classes and opportunities that are available to you. In the next part of our series, we’ll explore the big market cycles and find out how to better time your purchases so you can receive the biggest benefits possible.